I have always been the new kid in the neighborhood because my dad was in the military and we moved a lot. New streets with new kids and none of my old friends was always a hard thing to cope with but at night no matter the house or the neighborhood my mother would pull out a book and read me a story. Those stories were my lullabies, the soft words that escorted me into my own dream land. So many years have passed since my days of being read to yet not much has changed. I read to myself now and the topics have escalated from shining fish to shining technology. All of the stories in the end were a person’s dream and I’m one of the lucky people who can honestly say that they work in a hall of dreams.  I, personally, cannot think of any greater opportunity.

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ISBN: 9780689878558
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon Pulse - January 1st, 2005

Alanna of Trebond is the daughter of a recluse nobleman. The day that she must be sent to a convent to learn how to behave like a proper lady is upon her and, determined to make something else of herself, she makes a deal with her twin brother Tom. He will go to school to be a sorcerer just as he has always wanted, and she will take his place in the king's knight school. Forging letters from their father the two siblings go in different directions. Disguised as a boy, Alanna travels to the capital city where she must hide her identity as a girl or risk her life plans being spoiled. This brilliant adventure captures you from page one through the end leaving you begging for the next in the series. 

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Tarzan of the Apes: A Library of America Special Publication Cover Image
By Thomas Mallon (Introduction by), Edgar Rice Burroughs
ISBN: 9781598531640
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Published: Library of America - April 12th, 2012

New number one favorite book! Tarzan was nothing like I'd ever expected and naturally I was expecting a near version of Disney's Tarzan. Instead it was filled with unexpected twists and turns. You have to be prepared to get your hands on the second book, The Return of Tarzan, when you read the last words of the cliffhanger.

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ISBN: 9780062090362
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 12th, 2013

Mila's story is a bitter sweet story of a girl who thought she was nothing but an average high school student coping with the loss of her father, but quickly, her average life is turned upside down when she finds out she's a robot. Still with human emotions, the reality of her life seems like a living nightmare and she's the only hero she's going to find in the shadows.

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Dairy Queen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618863358
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 4th, 2007

Dairy Queen is an addicting story of a hardworking farm girl who does the unthinkable...trains the opposing team's quarterback. She doesn't stop there either. She goes on to try out for her own football team behind her controlling father's back. This is a journey of a girl figuring out who she is, and letting herself be understood by those around her. Great for ages 12 and up.

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ISBN: 9781599902753
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 29th, 2008

Dragon Slippers is an extremely fun story. When Creel's aunt sacrifices her to a dragon, her life takes an unexpected twist. Instead of becoming a sacrifice, she befriends the dragon and sets off on a journey to begin a new life. Creel's story is creative and original, like nothing I've ever read before.  Suitable for ages 8 and up.

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By Thomas Hardy, Tim Dolin (Editor), Tim Dolin (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780141040332
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 2009

Tess's life is thrown into a whirlwind when her father discovers the news that he is a descendant of the great D'Urbervilles, and her parents insist she try to marry a gentleman. Instead of marrying and living a comfortable life that her parents had expected, Tess finds herself in constant sorrow and in flight of her family name. Tess must face her past and her name, it's what happens when she does that I fell off my seat in surprise.

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Seraphina Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375866562
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2012

In a land where dragons are feared and despised and the only thing stopping a war is an old peace treaty, a girl finds herself torn. She's a hybrid; her mother was a dragon and her father a human. If found out, she'd be outcast or possibly even killed for the horrific crime of crossbreeding. While fighting to keep her secret and follow her dreams, Seraphina realizes something...she's not alone.

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ISBN: 9780786839179
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - February 27th, 2007

The first in one of my all-time favorite trilogies The Warrior Heir brings to life a hidden society, the Weirlind. From the time that he was an infant he'd been given medication, pills that would suppress his powers until the others in the society found a need for them. This is his journey to finding answers about his past and understanding what the actions of others mean to him now. A perfect book for everyone mixed with mystery, action, romance, and an incredible fictional culture.

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ISBN: 9780738714844
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Published: Flux - October 8th, 2009

This is a beautifully written book that takes you into the life of one of the world's youngest and most talented bagpipe players, James Morgan. Following his ex-girlfriend Deidre to college he finds himself tangled in a deadly game between he and his friends against the faerie realm. Along the way grows a curious friendship between James and a faerie muse Nuala who feeds off of artist's talents. The catch, if he saves Deidre he must sacrifice Nuala or allow the faerie world to overrun the humans.


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